UFC 259 reside updates, outcomes, highlights of Israel Adesanya vs Jan Blachowicz struggle & full card
The UFC returns on Saturday night with one of their most stacked cards in recent history: four champions competing in three title bouts at UFC 259 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Headlining the pay-per-view will be middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, who will attempt to become a two-division champion when he takes on light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz.
Adesanya (20-0) has been on a hot run since making his UFC debut in 2018. He went 9-0, with four of those wins being achieved through an interruption. On the way he ousted Anderson Silva, Yoel Romero, Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum. He defended his middleweight title dominantly against the previously undefeated Paulo Costa at UFC 253 with a TKO in the second round.
Blachowicz won the vacant £ 205 title with a one-sided knockout from Dominick Reyes in the UFC 253 co-main event. But his journey to this point was far from smooth. The Polish fighter made his debut in 2014 with a knockout from Ilir Latifi, but then lost four of his next five fights. A winning streak followed with four fights; In it were impressive victories over Nikita Krylov and Jared Cannonier. But a knockout loss to Thiago Santos brought him back. Since that defeat he has won four more in a row, with wins over Luke Rockhold, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Corey Anderson and Reyes.
Can Blachowicz prove he’s more than a transition champion, or will Adesanya take his place on the £ 205 throne as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world?
The co-main event has the greatest fighter of all time defending one of her titles. Amanda Nunes is challenged by Megan Anderson for the UFC Featherweight Championship. Nunes has been an unstoppable force with a winning streak of eleven fights over the past six years. She beat Cris “Cyborg” Justino, Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm and Miesha Tate on their way to becoming the Featherweight and Bantamweight Champion. Only Valentina Shevchenko, the reigning UFC flyweight champion, has resisted.
Anderson hopes to create the big surprise. The former Invicta FC featherweight champion won 3-2 on her UFC run but has a combination of strength and skill that could be a problem for Nunes.
Petr Yan will defend the UFC bantamweight title against top contender Aljamain Sterling in the third title fight on the map. Yan has never seen a defeat at the UFC Octagon. He won the vacant title last July by stopping Jose Aldo in the fifth round. He will make his first defense against Sterling, who has long been recognized as one of the division’s best young talents. He’s taken five straight wins to finally take a title win, and his 90-second filing from Cory Sandhagen has shown just how tough his clash can be.
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UFC 259 live updates, highlights from Israel Adesanya vs Jan Blachowicz
9:02 pm: It might be time for Joseph Benavidez to think about his future in MMA as he was thoroughly dominated by Askar Askarov in a unanimous decision loss. Benavidez is a multiple title contender but hasn’t won the big one and found himself on the wrong end of every facet of the Askarov game. In the meantime, Askarov has put his name in the hat for a future title fight with an exceptional performance against a longstanding regular in the division.
8:30 p.m.: Well guys. You missed quite a lot by checking in. Six of the first seven bouts ended in the distance, while Tim Elliott’s dominant decision over Jordan Espinoza included a segment of the bout in which Elliott accused his opponent of domestic abuse in the middle of the bout. Yes it was a lot. Here are some highlights:
When does UFC 259 start?
- Early preparations: 5:15 p.m. ET
- Title: 8 p.m. ET
- PPV main card: 10 p.m. ET
- How to see: ESPN + PPV ($ 89.98)
The broadcast of UFC 259 begins with the preliminary rounds of the UFC Fight Pass at 5:15 pm (CET), followed by the preliminary rounds at 8:00 pm (CET). The pay-per-view event starts at 10:00 p.m. (CET). Adesanya and Blachowicz are expected to hit the octagon around 12:15 p.m. ET, though the exact time will depend on the length of previous bouts.
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UFC 259 fight card & results
Main card (ESPN + PPV)
- Jan Błachowicz (c) versus Israel Adesanya for Błachowicz ‘light heavyweight title
- Amanda Nunes (c) against Megan Anderson for Nunes’ women’s featherweight title
- Petr Yan (c) versus Aljamain Sterling for Yan’s bantamweight title
- Islam Makhachev versus Drew Dober; Lightweights
- Thiago Santos versus Aleksandar Rakić; light heavyweights
Provisional card (ESPN / ESPN +)
- Dominick Cruz versus Casey Kenney; Bantam weights
- Song Yadong versus Kyler Phillips; Bantam weights
- Askar Askarov def. Joseph Benavidez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 & 30-26)
- Kai Kara-France def. Rogério Bontorin on TKO of the 1st round (4:55)
Early Preliminary Rounds (ESPN + / UFC Fight Pass)
- Tim Elliott def. Jordan Espinosa by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 & 30-25)
- Kennedy Nzechukwu def. Carlos Ulberg on 2nd round knockout (3:19)
- Sean brady def. Jake Matthews on 3rd round submission (3:28)
- Amanda Lemos def. Lívia Renata Souza 1st round TKO (3:39)
- Uros Medic def. Aalon Cruz on TKO of the 1st round (1:40)
- Trevin Jones def. Mario Bautista on the 2nd round TKO (: 47).